CA9 on Persecution, Belarus: Rusak v. Holder

CA9 on Persecution, Belarus: Rusak v. Holder

"On the current record, it is clear that Ms. Rusak has established a claim of past persecution based on the abuses endured by her parents while she was a child. Nor has the government successfully proven that conditions in Belarus have changed sufficiently that Ms. Rusak no longer has a well-founded fear of persecution were she to return. Contrary to the BIA’s conclusion, the Belarus country reports contained in the Administrative Record do not indicate that the status of minority religious groups has improved in recent years. In fact, they suggest the opposite – that members of minority religions still face attack by the government. The BIA’s conclusion on this issue is unsupported by substantial evidence." - Rusak v. Holder, Aug. 22, 2013.